Lake Como Offers Culture and Natural Respite

Since 2002, Dr. Aurelio Galli has served as a professor in Vanderbilt University’s Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. In his free time, Dr. Aurelio Galli enjoys traveling. He notes Italy’s Lake Como as his family’s preferred vacation destination.

Located just outside of Milan in northern Italy, Lake Como is a glacial lake surrounded by both natural and manmade beauty. The lake has been a popular holiday retreat since the days of ancient Rome, and its blue waters still attract visitors from around the globe.

Among the main attractions surrounding the lake are the towns of Bellagio, Menaggio, and Como, a 2,000-year-old village that features chic cafes and a variety of architecture, from Medieval to Italian Rationalism.

While in Como, travelers can take in historic cathedrals and monuments, trek to a lighthouse with vast views, tour the province’s Rationalist-influenced structures including the Monumento ai Caduti and the Camerlata fountain, or learn more about the area by visiting a local museum. All of these activities are relatively inexpensive, so visitors can spend their day exploring and still enjoy the shopping, dining, and recreation that the Lake Como area has to offer.

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